Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
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Laser Gum Disease Therapy
Periodontal (gum) disease presents few or no symptoms in the early stage. Left untreated though, this bacterial infection can severely damage smiles. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Dr. Yetta McCullom uses modern therapies, including laser dentistry, to treat gum disease and revitalize oral health.
During your checkup and hygiene visit, she will examine your smile for signs of gum disease. Gingivitis, the mildest form of this infection, is often alleviated with a deep cleaning by one of our hygienists, along with proper brushing and flossing at home. A variety of antibiotic and antiseptic therapies used to treat advanced gum disease will be discussed.
Surgery is often needed to gain better control of periodontitis, particularly in its advanced stages. Dr. McCullom employs modern laser dentistry to remove diseased tissue and revitalize gums. Specifically, you’ll be treated with a procedure called LANAP/LAR. LANAP/LAR stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure/Laser Assisted Regeneration; an FDA-approved treatment for periodontal disease.
How does LANAP/LAR work?
As gum disease worsens, gums separate from teeth, and pockets form where bacteria flourish. Without intervention, you’ll likely experience significant damage to gum tissue, bone degeneration, and — ultimately — tooth loss. Dr. McCullom will use a PerioLase laser to remove diseased matter without damaging healthy tissue. Following laser periodontal therapy, gum tissue regenerates and reattaches to the tooth for a strong, healthy, and comfortable smile.
Benefits of LANAP/LAR
LANAP/LAR is less invasive and more comfortable than traditional surgery. You’ll heal faster, and many patients resume normal activities immediately following treatment. Because LANAP/LAR is performed with a laser, bleeding is minimal, so there’s no need for stitches. LANAP/LAR is a conservative treatment that allows your dentist to preserve more of your gum tissue and improve the overall health of your mouth.
Call today to schedule your periodontal laser dentistry appointment with Dr. Yetta McCullom. Our contemporary Chicago dental office serves residents of South Shore, Hyde Park, Calumet Heights, and surrounding areas with professionalism and care for fabulous smiles.